First Ladies

First Ladies

Leading Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 Iconic American Women

Book - 2015
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A look inside the personal life of every first lady in American history, based on original interviews with major historians for C-SPAN's yearlong history series, First Ladies: Influence and Image. This book provides an up-close historical look at these fascinating women who survived the scrutiny of the White House, sometimes at great personal cost, while supporting their families and famous husbands-- and sometimes changing history.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781610395663
Branch Call Number: 973.099 SW14F 2015
Characteristics: xxi, 462 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: C-SPAN (Television network)


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Oct 14, 2015

This was a disappointing book. There isn't much information about some of the early first ladies and since each section was written by different experts, they tend to all be very complimentary. If there were negative issues in a first lady's life, they were glossed over. The exception is Hillary Clinton and every scandal going back to Bill Clinton's first congressional campaign is dredged up. Also, with so many different authors, the style is very uneven.


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